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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

The goal is to tie metrology more closely to machining and manufacturing planning. Swedish software conglomerate Hexagon AB has acquired Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. In recent years Vero had acquired a number of CAM products, starting the consolidation of a highly fragmented market.  The purchase price was not announced. [...]

Siggraph teams up with indie game showcase The MIX

Siggraph teams up with indie game showcase The MIX

Successful indie game developers will be available to discuss cutting-edge graphics and gameplay technology. Siggraph 2014 has teamed up with Media Indie Exchange (The MIX) to bring the first-ever Siggraph indie game showcase to its Exhibition, August 12-14, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. As part of this special collaboration with The [...]

Open Design Alliance to hold Developer Conference in Prague

Open Design Alliance to hold Developer Conference in Prague

The conference will be the first led by new president Neil Peterson, the long-time CTO. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) is rebooting its annual developers conference, with the first under the leadership of new president Neil Peterson taking place September 8-9, 2014 in Prague. The conference will be conducted by the ODA development team, and is [...]

CG movie secrets revealed at Siggraph production sessions

CG movie secrets revealed at Siggraph production sessions

Experts from movies including X-Men: Days of Future Past and Gravity will show how the magic happens.   Teams from more than 15 major studio productions, including “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Gravity,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will lead Production Sessions as part of the 2014 Siggraph Computer [...]

KeyCreator update adds animations

KeyCreator update adds animations

The direct editor is often used in manufacturing settings to modify existing drawings and models. KeyCreator, a 2D/3D CAD direct editing tool for manufacturing from German developer K2D, has added the ability to animate solids in its latest release. Selected solids-based entities can be assigned a motion speed along or around an axis. Animation temporarily [...]

3D projection mapping short film wins Siggraph Best In Show

3D projection mapping short film wins Siggraph Best In Show

As usual, European entries took most of the awards. An American short film that combines 3D projection mapping on moving surfaces with live synchronized performance from both robots and humans has been named Best in Show at the 2014 Siggraph Computer Animation Festival. Box by Tarik Abdel-Gawad and the production house Bot & Dolly, explores [...]

New CAD technologies among Siggraph 2014 technical papers presentations

New CAD technologies among Siggraph 2014 technical papers presentations

A new push-pull rapid modeling architecture highlights the session on Interactive Modeling. Computer graphics conference Siggraph started as a venue for academic researchers to share papers. In recent years Siggraph research presentations have veered strongly toward the interests of the entertainment industry. This year’s Technical Papers track at Siggraph is true to form, but that [...]

PLM by any other name

PLM by any other name

“Licensed to Cure for Medical Device” is one of three mash-ups of Dassault Systèmes PLM products specifically for medical product development. A proton beam therapy device maker is the newest announced customer for one of the Dassault Systèmes new line of PLM products—but you will never see Dassault refer to the product as PLM. Ion [...]

Autodesk acquires Shotgun for studio post-production management

Autodesk acquires Shotgun for studio post-production management

The Open Source API and toolkit will remain open. This deal is a natural extension for Autodesk. Autodesk today said it is acquiring Shotgun Software, a developer of cloud-based production tracking for video and game studios. Terms were not disclosed. For a company as large as Autodesk, it takes a much bigger deal than this [...]

V-Ray AIA demo to feature Oculus Rift

V-Ray AIA demo to feature Oculus Rift

Chaos Group is coordinating a partnership of architectural and technology companies to demonstrate “the future of architectural visualization.” Architectural rendering technology company Chaos Group is teaming up at this year’s AIA conference with a technology partner and several architectural firms to present a state-of-the-art look at using virtual reality technology. At this year’s American Institute [...]